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From Pasta to Pancakes: The Ultimate Student Cookbook
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2014
Didn't buy it on Amazon sadly but am hoping to get a second copy there. I have a low attention span and therefore do not carry throughmany receipes if they are complex. Tiffany knows her stuff and makes the task easy and colourful to read. I have already used many of her receipes starting from the most basic upwards but they all seem within my reach. Hope she writes another one with new receipes in the future. I only have started cooking in my 50's but this is great for men like myself who want to try cooking more or indeed students who it was written for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 April 2010
I wish this book had been around when I was a student. The recipes are diverse and achievable for anyone with a reasonable amount of equipment and little experience. Over the many years since moving away from the comfort of my mother's cooking I think I've read most popular cook books, watched a lot of cookery programmes and experimented with all sorts, and I have to say that even experienced cooks will approve of these recipes; they really work, which is more than you can say for some of the output from certain celebrity cooks - mentioning no names.
My only criticism - could have more recipes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2012
This book is quite basic but the pictures are really helpful and clear. Gives a good range of recipes to help a student just starting out
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2009
This book provides all the information that you could want to create easy satisfying and tasty meals on a student budget. If my freinds had had this at uni then it would not have been down to the pub or the local takeaway every day. Prior knowledge is not required ( a good thing seeing how some students can cook)for the meals in this book and the pictures show you how. Highly recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
As I am due to start University in September and have never cooked before my Mum bought me this book to help me learn the basics. The recipes are really easy to follow and offer a range of recipes for all different occasions including drinks and desserts. It teaches you altrenatives for breakfast dinner and tea and also tells you what you can keep and use the next day. This book does not only teach you how to cook but also how to save your pennies and we all know that is important. I seriously reccomend this to anyone starting university soon or to anyone who has never cooked before.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 2014
ive bought this book for uni this year and I really like it! it gives step by step pictures for really simple recipies like cauliflower cheese, chicken, pasta etc really simple which is just what I wanted! ;) thanks tiffany!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 October 2013
This is the third Pasta to Pancakes I've bought as gifts for my daughters and now for my son's girlfriend. It is quirky, fun and easy to follow with proper photographs of real people and the results they get. Simple to follow, recipes always with the budget in mind. Great if you are starting from scratch without a clue!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2009
I was given this book as a Christmas present, as I am hoping to learn how to cook before I go to uni in September. Having never cooked before, I wasn't sure what to expect however I have tried a couple of the recipes and it's so user friendly and the outcomes are delicious. I absolutely recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2010
I bought this book with very basic ability in the kitchen (beans-on-toast scrambled egg etc), I'm no Gordon Ramsey! Yet! The problem I found with most cook books is that they don't cater (excuse the pun) for beginners who don't understand some cooking. From Pasta to Pancakes, however, explains clearly and with useful illustrations how to cook. I flicked through the recipes and have impressed my flat mates (and myself!) with the bolognaise and Spanish omelette. I then pulled all the stops out and whipped up the Tuscan chicken bake for my hugely surprised girlfriend. If I can cook from this anyone can. Great book for impressing friends and learning basics
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The recipes in this book range from the fairly simple to the more ambitious. It's divided into sections covering all areas of student dining - from what to make for your packed lunch to what to serve up for your mates before a night out to healthy low-cal meals if you find that all the partying has affected your waistline. Recipes are all illustrated with full-colour photos and laid out clearly on the page. At the foot of each page are ideas for optional extras, serving suggestions and guidance on how long leftovers can be kept for.
What I like about this book is that it's not fiddly at all - very few of the recipes involve that much faffing about with scales etc. It also has a few good 'whip round the fridge'-type recipes, great for when you've got stuff you need to use up and are short on ideas. I find it a great source of ideas on how to jazz up student staples.
My one criticism of this book is that it contains a few really obvious recipes - does anyone really need instruction on how to serve beans and cheese with a jacket potato? I can only think of two occasions when recipes from this book haven't turned out OK, and those were mainly the fault of my non-stick coating free-pan.
All-in-all I think this book was a great purchase. My flatmates and I use it a lot, it makes cooking seem enjoyable rather than a chore. It's definitely inspired me to be more ambitious in the kitchen, before coming to uni my idea of 'proper cooking' was boiling pasta and then stirring in some store-bought sauce, and now I regularly make things like curry and casserole.
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